Jan 24, 2013, 7:11 PM EST
The news on Scott Hartnell is not good. The timetable on his return to the ice just went from out indefinitely to four-to-eight weeks – anywhere from 14 to 25 games of the Flyers’ condensed 48-game schedule – as GM Paul Holmgren revealed to reporters the left winger has a broken bone in his foot.
Jan 24, 2013, 3:03 PM EST
Nearly two calendar years have passed since the Flyers last defeated the New York Rangers in a hockey game. On February 20, 2011, Philadelphia posted a 4-2 victory thanks in part to goals from Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Dan Carcillo, and Kris Versteeg, not to mention 37 saves by Brian Boucher. To put that in perspective, four of those players are wearing different uniforms, while the other since had a ‘C’ patched to his sweater.
Jan 23, 2013, 6:18 PM EST
Well, shit. First Brayden Schenn gets a game suspension for his hit in last night’s game and now Scott Hartnell is apparently out indefinitely after getting hit on the foot with a puck during their loss to the Devils.
Jan 23, 2013, 4:24 PM EST
Obviously, things have not been going real well for the Flyers to start the abbreviated season. But after just three games, we seem to have gone from looking at their odds of winning a Stanley Cup to their odds of simply making the playoffs at all. That can’t be good.
Jan 23, 2013, 9:29 AM EST
Out of sync would probably be the simplest way to describe the Flyers through three games so far, but at least in the first two they managed to make them competitive. On Tuesday night in Newark, they had dug themselves into a hole little more than a minute into the game, and kept on digging until it was 3-0 Devils early in the second period, also the final tally.
Jan 22, 2013, 3:35 PM EST
Everybody knew there was no way the Flyers could carry over the frenetic pace from last season’s first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins into round two. Sure enough, that energy would only last for all of one more game.
The Orange & Black would go on to take a 1-0 series lead via an overtime thriller before the New Jersey Devils went about their usual business of smothering the life out of an opponent. Philadelphia had averaged nearly five goals during its first seven postseason games, but was held to less than two per over their next – and final – four.
Jan 21, 2013, 2:53 AM EST
Some might say the person that winds up on top is the winner of the fight, but that isn’t always the best indicator when that fight is against Scott Hartnell. Hartsy dropped the gloves with Buffalo’s Drew Stafford on Sunday, landed a few quality punches, then spun himself to the ground while swinging for the fences – all in customary Scott Hartnell fashion.
Jan 20, 2013, 4:04 PM EST
Special teams were a problem for the Flyers on Sunday as the Buffalo Sabres converted on three of six power play chances, however blown calls by officials cost the Flyers not one, but two goals in a 5-2 loss.
Jan 20, 2013, 12:37 PM EST
The Flyers’ season did not begin as planned for the second time in 2012-13 — first the lockout, then a loss to the loathsome Pittsburgh Penguins. They could quickly get things on track this afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres however.
Jan 19, 2013, 8:30 PM EST
A loss to your hated rival isn’t how you want to end your first day of the season. But the Flyers showed some encouraging things after getting off to a real sorry start in the first period, eventually fighting back and coming a few inches short of earning at least a point if only Wayne Simmonds could have banged one home in the final minutes. [a few positive takeaways below]
Jan 19, 2013, 5:19 PM EST
Well that second period helped erase the memory of the cringe-worthy first. Scott Hartnell’s pass to find Claude Giroux right in front of Marc-Andre Fleury was a thing of beauty, and rather difficult too. All G had to do was guide it through Fleury’s five-hole to get the Flyers on the board. Surely the first of many, many more for the Flyers’ new captain this season.
Jan 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EST
The NHL transitioned from lockout to hockey so fast, we’ve hardly had enough time to cobble together a proper preview of the season to come. Every year begins with the same simple yes-or-no question though: is the home team equipped to compete for a championship?
When it comes to the Flyers, the answer usually seems to be Yeah, but…
2012 doesn’t appear to be any different. Philly’s potent offense is still among the most dangerous in the league, but head coach Peter Laviolette must seek a replacement on the top line, plus fill the role of a puck-moving defenseman. Speaking of the blueliners, the work stoppage was over for all of a day when we were already dissecting whether or not this team is deep enough on the back end. Then there is eccentric Ilya Bryzgalov in net, good enough to post a 10-2 won-loss last March en route to setting a franchise record for consecutive shutout minutes, yet still only manages to finish 32nd in the NHL with a .909 save percentage.
This squad looks like the definition of yeah, but.
Jan 18, 2013, 3:07 PM EST
The 2012 quarterfinals were about as good as it gets for Flyers fans (minus a Stanley Cup). As for the Penguins, well, they’re still trying to figure out what the hell happened.
Jan 18, 2013, 1:25 PM EST
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 3:00 pm from the Wells Fargo Center, NBC
Jan 18, 2013, 9:08 AM EST
Oh, those hockey boys. The Philadelphia Flyers had a bit of fun with Claude Giroux as he donned the Flyers ‘C’ for the first time in public. When the team was coming of the locker room for the public skate, Claude led them out to the ice, except they didn’t follow. Looks like Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell were the ring leaders.
Jan 18, 2013, 6:34 AM EST
We probably could have led with Danny Briere beginning the season on the non-roster/injured list thanks to a hairline fracture in his left wrist, but we don’t want you to worry. Expectations are he’ll be back before you know it.
In the meantime it appears we’re going to get a good look at 20th overall selection Scott Laughton from this past summer’s draft – at least for five games anyway.
Jan 17, 2013, 5:08 PM EST
As my friend John Gonzalez likes to put it, Flyers fans are special. It’s hard to argue. They packed the Skate Zone in lovely Vorhees, NJ when the lockout first ended and thousands of them will pack into the Wells Fargo Center tonight to watch the orange and black practice. We are indeed talking about practice.
Jan 17, 2013, 3:16 PM EST
It might sound silly, but the club that finished tied for second in the NHL in goals scored for the 2011-12 season has an offense problem. The Flyers must find a way to replace the scoring output of several of the players that escaped during the offseason, Jaromir Jagr, James van Riemsdyk, and Matt Carle being at the forefront.
Jan 16, 2013, 3:00 AM EST
Wednesday, January 16th’s Google Doodle of the day is a fun little video game of sorts honoring the 112th birthday of Frank Zamboni, the inventor of the now famous ice resurfacer bearing his name which was introduced way back in 1949. He passed away in 1988. I am willing to bet the fact that the…
Jan 15, 2013, 6:59 PM EST
It’s finally official. Paul Holmgren announced on Tuesday evening that Claude Giroux has been named the 19th Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. Claude commented via a statement on the Flyers website: “Obviously, this is a huge honor,” Giroux said. “There have been a lot of great captains here in the past. Along with this comes…
Jan 15, 2013, 5:07 PM EST
The lockout is over, hockey returns on Saturday, and we couldn’t be more excited around here. That said, over 40% of the schedule was lost as a result of the work stoppage, which in some minds might beg the question: is this season legitimate? Is the NHL able to meet the standard that has been…
TSN’s Top 50 NHL Players in the World List Disagrees with Lavvy’s Assertion of Giroux, But Just Barely
Jan 15, 2013, 12:03 PM EST
TSN may not agree exactly with Peter Laviolette’s now famous assertion that Claude Giroux is the best hockey player in the world, but they do think he’s pretty damn close to being the best. In their annual list of the top 50 NHL players, only Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin are slotted higher than Orange…
Jan 15, 2013, 3:12 AM EST
The question of who will replace Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers’ top line may be answered, and there is a good chance it’s not who you would have first suspected. At Monday’s practice, 21-year-old Brayden Schenn skated alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell in what would seem a likely preview of one new pairing to…
Jan 14, 2013, 5:24 PM EST
Whether you think some of the lines in this #HockeyIsBack spot are a load of hyperbolic crap or you actually do bleed orange and black and believe blood, sweat, and tears really do signify something Bigger, it’s hard to argue any hockey montage narrated by Liev Schreiber is just damn enjoyable to watch. This particular…
Jan 14, 2013, 2:40 PM EST
As free-agent signings go, Kurtis Foster isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire, but I suppose the Flyers can never have too many 6-5, 225-lbs. defenseman on their bench. Foster’s story is interesting though, specifically the long road to recovery after suffering a broken femur on the ice while playing for the Minnesota Wild five…
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